The McLean Group Advises Trowbridge on Its Sale to Enlightenment Capital

MCLEAN, VA – April 23, 2019  – The McLean Group, a leading investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces that it advised Trowbridge & Trowbridge, LLC on its sale to Enlightenment Capital. Trowbridge is a leading provider of cloud engineering, cybersecurity, IT engineering, application development and network engineering solutions to the federal government and will serve as Enlightenment’s newest platform. Greg Nossaman and Greg Woodford, Senior Managing Directors of The McLean Group’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services (ADG) practice, led the transaction.

Under the terms of the purchase, the current Trowbridge management team will stay in place, and Cass Panciocco, the company’s COO, will assume the role of President & CEO of Trowbridge. Trowbridge founder Karen Trowbridge will support the company as a strategic advisor and serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

“Enlightenment is our ideal investment partner, as they understand the sector and share our vision to create a platform for service delivery excellence as we transition to the mid-tier. This partnership strengthens Trowbridge’s capacity to pursue strategic growth initiatives and to invest in new capabilities required by our customers,” said Cass Panciocco.

“We are very excited for both Trowbridge and Enlightenment and believe their combination will prove highly successful,” said Greg Nossaman, Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group.

Greg Woodford, Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group, added, “Enlightenment’s industry knowledge and transaction sophistication will accelerate the company’s growth as a mid-tier.”

“The McLean Group team worked with us to identify and analyze a number of strategic alternatives and provided advice on optimal timing. Through their support and professionalism, we have high confidence that we selected the right path for the company, our employees and customers,” said Karen Trowbridge.

Chris Brandell, Executive Vice President of Trowbridge, stated, “The McLean Group truly sought to understand our business and what makes us unique. Their thoughtful approach and guidance helped achieve a great outcome.”

Trowbridge is an award-winning provider of cloud, cyber and next-gen digital solutions to defense, intelligence and federal civilian markets. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with locations and staff nationwide, Trowbridge helps move missions forward to support the American people and the country’s national security.

Enlightenment Capital, a Washington, DC–based private investment firm, provides senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity to middle market companies in the ADG sector. The firm partners with businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate cyber and data solutions, enhance decision making capabilities, engineer aerospace systems, safeguard national security and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.


The McLean Group is a leading investment bank that provides objective strategic and financial advice on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity recapitalizations, ESOPs and business valuations. The firm’s ADG team is one of the largest dedicated groups in the country and possesses deep transactional expertise in nearly every segment of the government market. Continuing its track record as a leading advisor to middle market companies in the ADG industry, The McLean Group and its principals have closed 82 transactions since 2010. The firm’s transaction advisory and valuation services reflect comprehensive industry knowledge, extensive transactional success, real-time understanding of industry-specific valuation drivers and commitment to providing senior-level attention to every client engagement.

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